With the entire frontcourt down to a rookie and a couple of 10-day contracts, the Rockets actually pulled out a win.
Cuttino Mobley, Shandon Anderson and Steve Francis combined to score 59 points as 6 Rockets scored in double figures to lead the Rockets past the Warriors 108-100 on the road.
The win snaps the Rockets' 4-game losing streak and ups their record to 11-24.
Two ways of looking at this: Positive and not so positive.
Positive: Playing without Carlos Rogers, Hakeem Olajuwon, Kelvin Cato (and of course Charles Barkley) they win on the road. Rockets get some big performances. Losing streak snapped.
Not so positive: We beat the Warriors. The Warriors are so anemic on both sides of the floor they make Ghandi look fat and happy.
Regardless, the Rockets got the win and thanks in parge part to their guard trio.
Starting with Mobley, who has been struggling as of late with his shot. Cat showed his play comes in streaks as he took over in the fourth quarter when the Rockets pulled away. Mobley scored 14 of his 23 points (9-21 shooting for the game) in the fourth quarter.
Moving on to Anderson, who may have taken Sam Mack's comments before the game personally (Mack said signing Anderson instead of him was a mistake. Sam finished with 11 points). Anderson didn't get the hoopla Mobley did in this game, but he had a much better all-around game. Shandon scored 17 points, grabbed 6 boards, handed out 3 assists and picked 6 steals. One of the better games all season for Shandon.
Of course we nearly left off Steve Francis. Francis started out ice cold shooting (1-9), as he has not been shooting well lately, but he finished strong, hitting 6 of his last 10 shots and nearly coming away with the triple double. 19 points, 10 rebounds and 7 assists. He committed 4 turnovers also.
Damn good game for Francis.
Though the guards were very sharp, the play of Kenny Thomas may have seriously raised some eyebrows.
The guy needs some PT.
Kenny hit 6 of 8 shots for 13 points and 12 boards -- including 6 offensive -- in 30 minutes of action. Maybe ESPN's Rookie Report guy was right ... this guy can grab some serious boards.
Also snaring some boards was Pig Miller, who actually started at center in this game due to all the Rocket injuries. Pig cleaned the glass 13 times and scored 5 points before fouling out.
And lost in the shuffle is Bryce Drew, who played 18 minutes backing Francis and scored 10 points on 4-10 shooting to go with 3 assists (and 3 turnovers).
Recently signed to a 10-day contract was Bill Curley, and he showed he can not only score but foul with the big boys. In 13 minutes, Curley hit 4-6 shots for 8 points before fouling out.